FROM THE GAME

Here are some notes, quotes and anecdotes from Sunday's 38-21 loss at Buffalo.

-- Coach Dave Wannstedt indicated after the game that cornerback Patrick Surtain told him a Buffalo player spat on him before he shoved Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds to draw a personal foul penalty in the first half.

-- Replays clearly showed the play clock getting down to 00 before Drew Bledsoe scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak for Buffalo's first touchdown. The Dolphins challenged the ruling on the field, but the only review involved was whether Bledsoe crossed the goal line because clock matters are not subject to review.

In that vein, it was a bad challenge by the Dolphins because it was obvious from the replays that Bledsoe had reached the end zone on the play. It wound up costing Miami a timeout.

-- In retrospect, this may have been a huge play. Everybody will remember the fourth-down play that resulted in a big fumble by Ray Lucas late in the second quarter, but what might get overlooked is the fact that Lucas looked like he could have had a first down on the previous play had he continue to run up the middle instead of cutting to his left.

-- Ricky Williams got Bills linebacker London Fletcher good after an incomplete screen pass in the second quarter. Long after the pass had hit the ground, Fletcher came barreling toward Williams, who simply ducked and flipped Fletcher over his shoulder.

Fletcher complained to the official, but if anybody should have been called for a foul on the play, it was Fletcher and not Williams.

-- For the third time in his stint at quarterback, Lucas left the game with an injury. But this time he never came back.

Lucas sustained what was described as a "stinger" in his neck and shoulder after being sacked by linebacker Keith Newman. Newman came in free on a blitz and nobody picked him up — and Lucas never saw him coming.

-- Veteran wide receiver Cris Carter was among the Dolphins inactives.

WHAT THEY SAID:

Offensive tackle Todd Wade: "It's a tough pill to swallow. It's very disappointing. I've never been associated with something like that."

Guard Todd Perry: "It's a team loss. It's frustrating to run the way we did (and still lose). But we have to take that as a positive. It's what is going to get us in the playoffs and through the playoffs."

Running back Ricky Williams: "We have confidence in our ability and our talent. It's going to be a little bit harder now, but we know we can still win out."

Coach Dave Wannstedt: "We had a chance for three or four interceptions, and we didn't make any plays."


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